Saturday, January 6, 2018
Yesterday for the opening Hymn in our Saturday night session of stake conference we sang hymn 58; Come Ye Children of the Lord. Upon singing the words in the second verse; Oh, what songs we then will sing to our Savior Lord and King" I began to ponder what song, if given the opportunity, would I sing at that great and perfect moment? Though, unable to fully comprehend that moment, thanks to the righteous artists both past and present, I can express my feelings through hymns. Many come to mind, I Stand All Amazed, I Know That my Redeemer Lives but in the end the one that I feel may come closest to expressing my anticipated emotions is Hymn 86 How Great Thou Art. I have taken some liberties to change the tense, in thought for that millennial day.
Oh, Lord My God, I have in awesome wonder, considered all the worlds Thy hands have made.
I've seen the stars, I've heard the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Now sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing
Sent Thee to die, I scarce can take it in.
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing.
Thou bled and died to take away my sins.
And now you've come, I shout with acclamation
and brought me home, the joy that feels my heart!
I before Thee bow in humble adoration and here proclaim My God, how great Thou art!
I had this thought yesterday & thought it was pretty cool. Maybe you’ve had something similar before.
Patience in the atonement...like unto the sacrament. As I sat today in sacrament meeting, my kids wanted their boogie boards, like always I told them after the sacrament. After a bit they were getting restless & I was becoming less patient about it. I found myself thinking, “man it’s taking a long time for them to pass the sacrament”. Then I remembered that we were combined with 2 other wards...of course it would take awhile. As I sat & thought about that, the spirit impressed this thought upon my mind:
We wait & sit reverently as everyone has a chance to partake of the bread & water & let the atonement take effect in their life. Are we as patient & reverent about it in our everyday lives? Do we allow others the opportunity to grow & change in the same way through the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ? Or do we find fault, get irritated easily, and/or judge them, never allowing them to change? Just as we hopefully sit with the spirit through the sacrament portion of the meeting, so too, we should “sit” patiently as the atonement of Jesus Christ changes people...including ourselves.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
I am attempting something that may or may not work out, due to time and computer constraints, but nonetheless I want to at least try! The past five weeks have been spent in or around Anchorage, Alaska. To say I am having a unique experience is almost an understatement. So, in an epiphany of sorts, I want to try to make the time to blog some of the reactions and comments from those whose doors I have knocked. They may bore any reader who decides to follow but I want to remember some of these experiences of asking in Alaska.
At times I have been shocked at the rude behavior of others and then moved to tears by others sense compassion and goodness. Few have made me laugh but there have been those times . Like one of my first customers. I walked up to his door and saw video surveillance camera already installed pointing directly at me, more than likely I was on video from the moment I walked up. My first thought was, I'm sure I'll never sell this guy but I just want to meet the guy whose set up the system, it was infra-red for crying out loud! I rang the doorbell and from the upstairs window came a voice saying "May I help you?" I can say I wasn't shocked when I saw he was in fatigues, of course an army guy would do something like this! t can't remember exactly what I said but he eventually came down and eventually bought the home automation system, which means the video surveillance equipment, why you might ask? Because he simply wanted to see who was leaving dirty dishes in the sink! He had tenants living with him and was tired of cleaning up the non-confessing culprit.
Alma 22: 16 “And now it came to pass that the king and those who were converted were desirous that they might have a name, that thereby they might be distinguished from their brethren; therefore the king consulted with Aaron and many of their priests, concerning the name that they should take upon them, that they might be distinguished.”
Throughout the scriptures we find significant teachings about taking upon name. Why, what’s in a name?
I suppose the significance lies in the purpose and meaning of whose name and what that name means to us. For the purpose of the Anti- Nephi-Lehi’s, they no longer wanted to be distinguished with the Lamanites; they had changed.
Can a name change us? No, but our choices and desires for taking upon that name, can.
As we take upon the most sacred name given to man, even Jesus Christ. May the love we have for Him and our desire to “take upon” ourselves His attributes and character be forever changing us, that we like the Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s have a desire to be distinguished from our old self, from the world, that when we see Him, we will know Him, because we will be like Him and forever changed.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
And so this Christmas Eve I will wear my pin as yet another reminder of the perfect gift given to us so many years ago; A gift, we can open anew, each and every day as we adorn our lives with His love. As I remember Arianna's outstretched hands so excited to receive my gift, I further understand the Savior's outstretched hands awaiting my simple offer and find peace in knowing that if my heart is pure, (as Arianna's) that through Him, and by Him it is enough.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Each year at Christmas time I enjoy pulling out the little box that holds all my Christmas jewelry. It holds a potpourri of items but two, are my favorite. One I choose to wear, always, first. It is a pin given to me by a friend (Kami Wallace) years ago when we lived in Arlington, Texas. The pin itself is a Nativity. For a few years Marsha Jacobson (another wonderful friend) and myself were assigned the opportunity to decorate a room for our annual stake Nativity Display. I think I can speak for Marsha in that, we found much joy as we would contemplate, plan and carry out that assignment.